Here is where we dig out the FutureMark tests.
For overall system performance we use PCMark Vantage. This is run in both x86 and x64 mode to give the best indication of performance.
Our PCMark testing shows us that the Maximus III Extreme is a solid performer.
For synthetic gaming tests we used the industry standard and overlockers bragging tool 3DMark Vantage. This is a test that strives to mimic the impact modern games have on a system. Futuremark went a long way to change from the early days of graphics driven tests to a broader approach including physics, AI and more advanced graphics simulations.
3DMark Vantage uses the DX10 API in addition to having support for PhysX. Due to the PhysX support and our use of an NVIDIA GPU, we run with PhysX enabled and disabled to give you the best indication of real system performance. For testing we use the Performance test run. We are also starting to add all three scores into our results to give you a better idea of the performance differences between different hardware.
The 3DMark Vantage scores at both stock and overclocked speeds with the AMD Radeon HD 5870 are quite impressive. It makes me wonder what we could get with both the CPU and the GPU overclocked or with a Radeon HD 5970 onboard.
Cinebench R11.5 x64
Cinebench is a synthetic rendering tool developed by Maxon. Maxon is the same company that developed Cinema4D, another industry leading 3D Animation application. Cinebench R10 tests your systems ability to render across a single and multiple CPU cores. It also tests your systems ability to process OpenGL information.
Ok, so the Core i5 with its four cores at 2.66GHz cannot really compare to the monster Core i7 980X, but notice that when we push the CPU up to 4.2GHz we gain some serious ground on it. In all, the performance in CB R11.5 is not too shabby.